“Hayots Ashkhar” expects the current Armenian parliament to become effectively paralyzed by poor attendance ahead of the May 12 elections. “The work of the parliament will be totally disrupted one month later,” it writes. “The elections are coming up, and deputies will be busy doing things that are more important than their participation in parliament sessions. And that means the parliament leadership needs to hurry up and pass as many laws as possible in the coming days.”
“Well-informed sources” tell “Haykakan Zhamanak” that Major-General Seyran Saroyan, commander of the Armenian army’s Fourth Corps, has asked Defense Minister Serzh Sarkisian to discharge him from the armed forces. “Saroyan is preparing to run for parliament from Armavir’s majoritarian district No. 19,” reports the paper. “According to some reports, he will be backed by the [governing] HHK.”
“Hayk” says that President Robert Kocharian has already approved the electoral list of Gagik Tsarukian’s Prosperous Armenia party. The list will be topped by Tsarukian who, according to the paper, will be followed by none other than Victor Soghomonian, the presidential press secretary.
According to “Zhamanak Yerevan,” the Prosperous Armenia list will also include two senior members of the Hzor Hayrenik party which mainly unites prominent natives of Georgia’s Javakheti region. The paper says this is the presidential administration’s response to other Georgian-born Armenians who have endorsed the HHK.
“Taregir” sees a “decisive period” in the life of Justice Minister David Harutiunian. “In order to preserve his place under the sun, he has decided to fully devote himself to Serzh Sarkisian and become the latter’s propagandist,” claims the paper. It says Sarkisian intends to become prime minister after the elections and has already begun handing out ministerial posts. Harutiunian, it says, is “going out of his way” to get one of the portfolios.